Non-Destructive Inspection Data Capture

Period of Performance: 09/08/2015 - 06/08/2016


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Etegent Technologies, LTD
5050 Section Avenue Suite 110
Cincinnati, OH 45212
Firm POC
Principal Investigator


ABSTRACT:Etegent?s goal is to improve the process of NDI data capture by first improving the existing pen and paper process while at the same time laying the foundation for digital entry and analysis. We will first document the current process and learn where optimizations can be made. We will then use that knowledge to improve the format and content of the existing data capture forms. This will involve pre-populating the static data on the forms such as inspector name, tail number, building, inspection type, etc and printing these pre-populated forms on demand from Etegent?s NLign system, which is already approved for and deployed onto the Air Force network (NIPRNet). Next, we will demonstrate digital inspection data entry at the point of maintenance with the ICARR-3D tablet computer software developed by Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC). The inspection results will be stored in Etegent?s NLign software package for analysis, visualization, engineering collaboration, and trending.BENEFIT:The benefits of the proposed solution include reduced NDI inspection time, improved data accuracy, and greater usability of inspection results. These benefits would help the Air Force by reducing the amount of time that aircraft are unavailable due to maintenance and by capturing the detailed engineering data needed for Digital Twin and Digital Thread in a way that doesn?t burden inspectors. These benefits would also help the aerospace manufacturing industry by reducing inspection time during manufacturing of aircraft and components.